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My Model 1816 Springfield Shotgun

Discussion in 'Civil War Weapons and Ammunition' started by rapco, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. rapco

    rapco Cadet

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    Bought it at an auction a few weeks ago for $65 as a wall hanger. Had its 1850's US percussion conversion. Nice Eagle and US, Springfield & date is worn, may be 1820's date. US on buttplate, Eagle head & P on breach are worn. Wood has cracks but 1 cartouche that is barely visible. Strange hammer screw but correct hammer for the conversion. Pulled about 6" of rolled, compacted paper & cardboard from the breech, no lead. someone really wanted to "demil" it:wink:.
    Not sure what I'm going to do with it, thought it would be fun to show & tell.
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  3. kevikens

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    That was a very nice buy. I would have paid more than you did for this very nice example of the conversion technology. Good chance this arm saw service in the war and then a new life as a scatter gun afterwards. Oh, if these guns could talk! Say, that paper stuffed down the barrel. Any printing or writing on it? You might learn a bit more about the gun if there were writing on the paper. You might want to unravel it and see if there is any. Good find.
     
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  4. originalrebelyell

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    • I have a cut down 1816 also. That one looks good you got a good deal. If you can you might replace the modern phillips head screw in the hammer with a regular straight slot screw. That will make a nice wall hanger. Was there any markings on the paper.
     
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  5. rapco

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    Cant find any writing, would have loved to find one stuffed with confederate notes;o) I did get another musket at the same auction for a little less, it has a shotgun type lock and had a M1816 front barrel band. Came with a CW> era Springfield hammer that didn't fit the lock. An odd little musket.
     
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    I would have preferred one stuffed with 1862 Greenbacks or 1864 original issue National Banknotes.
     
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    Post some photos of the other one.
     
  8. rapco

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    Quite an assortment of parts! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    J.
     
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  10. originalrebelyell

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    That's interesting looks like something somebody put together from parts. Looks like they trimmed the butt stock down quite a bit.
     
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  11. Story

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    Lock looks like a percussion back-action from an old shotgun. Gut feeling was that this was lovingly-made for someone's child.
     
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    I looked at that a couple of times - could it have been cross-hatched peened with a chisel?
     
  13. originalrebelyell

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    It might have been, does the lock work on the other one.
     
  14. rapco

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    Yes, both locks work fine. Not sure about the screw, the cross slots look pretty much the same so may be just a strange, aftermarket screw.
     

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